Donald Trump defends Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton conspiracy retweet
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump defended a re-tweet that appeared to link Jeffrey Epstein’s death to former President Bill Clinton, and said Tuesday he wants a full investigation of Epstein’s apparent suicide.
“The retweet was from somebody that is a very respected conservative pundit so I think that was fine,” Trump told reporters as he departed his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., for an energy speech in western Pennsylvania.
“I want a full investigation,” Trump said.
Supporters of Clinton have questioned Trump’s mental stability for trafficking in conspiracy theories normally confined to the fringes of the political spectrum.
“Ridiculous, and of course not true — and Donald Trump knows it,” said a weekend tweet from Angel Ureña, a spokesman for former President Clinton. “Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?”
After Trump defended the re-tweet on Tuesday, Ureña added: “Might be hard to hear over Air Force One, but that’s the sound of the President of the United States’ credibility blowing in the wind.”
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Trump has frequently feuded with the Clinton family, particularly during the 2016 presidential election against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 and others have blasted Trump for re-tweeting a no-evidence conspiracy theory somehow tying Epstein’s death to Clinton.
“This is another example of our President using this position of public trust to attack his political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories,” Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke said Sunday on CNN.
Another presidential candidate, Cory Booker, told CNN that Trump is “whipping people up into anger and worse” and added that “this is a very dangerous president that we have right now.”
Asked Tuesday if he believes Clinton had anything to do with Epstein’s death, Trump said he didn’t know.
Trump did mention that Epstein, the accused sex trafficker, owned a private island where “bad things” happened.
“Did Bill Clinton go to the island?” Trump asked.
There is no evidence at all linking Clinton to Epstein’s death Saturday by suicide, yet Trump on Saturday night re-tweeted the comments of a Twitter user named Terrence K. Williams:
“Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH? Yeah right! How does that happen #JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! RT if you’re not Surprised.”
Epstein, the financier who had been facing federal sex trafficking charges, was not on suicide watch when he was found dead in his jail cell early Saturday, officials said.
Other conspiracy theorists on the Internet are trying to link Epstein’s death to Trump, but there is no evidence of that either.
Like Clinton, Trump was once friends with Epstein.
After his remarks on Epstein, Trump departed for Monaca, Pa., about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, where he will tour the soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex.
Trump plans to discuss his support for “expanding domestic manufacturing and energy production,” the White House said.